Benefactor kirispupis Posted May 22 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted May 22 Hello everyone, I've been toying with an idea and was curious whether anyone here has tried it. The thought has been to put an ancient coin in a charity auction - typically one of those dinners where there's a silent auction that isn't really silent because you can see people writing on the sheet. 🙂 I'm thinking the following type of coin. Some "mainstream" piece from a person most people would have heard of. I'm thinking Alexander the Great or Athens, though I'm unsure whether I would use a lifetime or posthumous example (because I'm not sure if the bidders would care). Buy a decently sized coin like a tetradrachm, so it looks showy. Probably get it slabbed. I know this is sacrilege, but the specific auction I'm thinking of is headed by members of our local NFL team and is sports oriented, so people there would be used to sports cards and other things slabbed. (which makes me wonder whether an Aspendos stater would be a wiser choice) Write a story with the history of the coin In order for the ordeal to be worth it, I'd obviously want the coin to receive a bid significantly higher than what I paid. Otherwise, it would make more sense for me to just donate the money directly... What I'm unsure about is whether there would be interest. I feel pretty confident that if I'm patient I can pick up an Athens or Alexander tet for a very competitive price, but it would be heartbreaking for me to spend several hundred on a coin that winds up going for 50 bucks. Has anyone here tried this? 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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